Former India captain and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly hopes to see a smooth and fair Indian Premier League amid the rising cases of coronavirus in India.

IPL is back in the country it originated from in 2008 after a gap of 677 days but the tournament is being played here at a time when India is witnessing a second wave of COVID. The number of cases is increasing every day with Maharashtra being the worst-hit state.

The BCCI had taken the IPL abroad to the United Arab Emirates last year because of COVID but this time they have decided to stay put and risk holding the tournament in India even though the situation is even worse now than what it was last year.

4 players who are going to play the IPL 2021 tested positive during their mandatory quarantine period and Ganguly is well-aware of the challenge that he and his team has at hand this year.

"It is quite challenging during COVID to host the IPL in terms of cost and return. The last time the tournament was held in UAE, it was quite challenging. We didn't know so much then. The bio-bubble will be here as well, as it was in UAE. Hope all goes well," said Ganguly.

Ganguly also praised the players for their patience and dedication towards the tournament even though they have to stay in the bio-bubble for more than 2 months.

"I have said before that the cricketers are remarkable. They have been in the bio-bubble for so long. Hats off to the cricketers.

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